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Choosing Between MBA Offers: 6 Top Tips

Apr. 4th, 2019 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Over the last several weeks, my colleagues at Fortuna Admissions and I have been speaking with fortunate albeit anxious MBA applicants on the precipice of making life-altering decisions. While many of the scenarios are predictable, the factors influencing them are uniquely individual: A heartbroken candidate landed on the Harvard Business School waitlist after his interview, even though he […]

Dress for Success: The MBA Interview

Mar. 22nd, 2019 | by: Fortuna

The MBA interview is all about standing out for the right reasons, and candidates should want to be remembered for what they say, not what they wear. In my role as an expert coach at Fortuna Admissions, I field many concerned – and valid ­– inquiries about wardrobe at this time of the year. Why? […]

Insights from the Latest Round of HBS, Stanford GSB and Wharton Admissions

Mar. 20th, 2019 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from clients is how to gain acceptance into the fabled trinity of Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB and Wharton, colloquially referred to as HSW. While all candidates are unique and there’s no magic formula guaranteeing admission, there are certainly consistent themes across the profiles of successful […]

M7 Admissions Trend: MBA Early Admissions for College Seniors

Mar. 12th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

The final months of college are a whirlwind of final exams, pop-up campus activities, good bye parties and, of course, the feverish job searching. But what if you were guaranteed a place at one of the most prestigious business schools two- to five-years down the road? That would certainly take the edge off, wouldn’t it? […]

Finding Scholarships for your MBA Program

Mar. 4th, 2019 | by: College Coach

You’re not alone if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the tuition cost of a full-time MBA, on top of living expenses for the next two years without a full-time salary. A merit scholarship from your program would be encouraging – but don’t stop there! Private scholarships are not just for undergraduates; there are plenty of funds […]

Which type of MBA applicant are you?

Feb. 19th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

At any given point, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), there are six million people considering business education around the world. Whether applying for an MBA at Harvard, a MiM at the London School of Economics, or an EMBA at CKGSB Beijing, it turns out that what motivates someone to pursue a graduate […]


The Wharton MBA Interview: Expert Tips for the Team Based Discussion

Feb. 15th, 2019 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

If you are one of the fortunate candidates to recently receive a Wharton interview invite, it’s likely you’ve seen the outline and expectations for your team based discussion (TBD). Now it’s time to define a smart strategy, including how to develop a strong pitch and set yourself up for success. These insights are informed by […]

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy on startups, Stanford GSB & the value of the MBA

Feb. 11th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

Mariam Naficy, a Stanford GSB graduate, is an e-commerce trailblazer whose influence across tastemaking and disruptive startups spans multiple industries. Naficy co-founded of in 1998 and subsequently raised $28 million in funding, achieving the largest market share in online cosmetics. In 2017, she founded Minted, developing the organization from a stationary platform to an online […]

Decoded: Results of the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019

Feb. 4th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

At first glance, the top of the FT Global MBA ranking of 2019 looks like business as usual. But wait, there’s more. With alumnus salaries at a weighted average of $228,074 three years after graduation, Stanford GSB maintains the #1 spot for the second year. Graduates also lead the way in career progress, calculated according to […]

MBA Odds: What are my chances in Round 3?

Jan. 29th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

Is it worth it for me to apply in Round 3? We field this question each year from business school hopefuls, and the answer my Fortuna colleagues and I invariably reply is, “it depends.” Much like the rest of the MBA application process, there are no definitive rules. Yet for a strategic and sincere application, you […]

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